Maximizing the Square Footage of Your Parking Lot
Four Elements of a Successful Parking Surface
Lot marking distinguishes a successful parking lot from well-maintained asphalt, and is a critical component of any paving strategy. But where do you start and what is the formula for an effective parking lot? We sat down with our lot marking experts and compiled a list of the top four things to consider when re-striping your pavement.
#1 Thoughtful Parking Spaces
As a property owner, you should try to maximize the number of parking spaces on your property because that number is correlated to how many residents, tenants and customers you can fit in your property. Lot to tenant ratios differ by state, but a national paving provider like Rose Paving can ensure that your property is maximizing space and following zoning laws. It’s also important to consider the layout of the lots and how close they are together. While it may be tempting to cram lots as close to each other as possible, a comfortable buffer may reduce tightness and chance of collision.
#2 Design for Efficient Flow
The way parking spaces are laid out also affects the way traffic flows on the property. Lots that are “straight in,” or laid out at a 90-degree angle allow for the most stalls, but angled stalls are easier for drivers to maneuver into and require a narrower lane. For example, straight-in stalls allow for two-way traffic, while angled stalls allow for one-way traffic and narrow lanes. Crosswalks, loading zones and pick-up areas can also affect the way vehicles and pedestrians maneuver on the property. Rose Paving’s project managers keep all these factors in mind and can help improve the flow of traffic to maximize efficiency and minimize risk of accidents.
#3 Designated Parking Spaces
Before striping, it’s important to verify that the parking lot and property are accessible to all customers. Per the Americans with Disabilities Act, every business must have the appropriate number of handicapped-accessible parking stalls and van parking spaces. A paving expert can help you take zoning laws and your business’ needs, like designated spaces for employees, visitors or company vehicles, into consideration when designing a layout.
#4 Periodic Re-striping
Regular re-striping helps direct traffic and manage flow, creating a seamless experience for customers and patrons. Clearly defined markings don’t just increase safety in your parking lot, but also improve the lot’s appearance and the impression your business makes. While it’s recommended that re-striping is performed at least every two years, businesses who pay special attention to curb appeal should have their lots re-striped on a yearly basis.
Given all that informs a well-designed parking lot, all businesses would benefit from calling in experts to assess their space. Rose Paving’s striping experts can tailor your parking lot to your business’ needs and make sure you’re maximizing the available space, striping for efficient traffic flow and more. Contact us to assess your lot marking today.